Flags at half mast, gun salute among honours for Tuiloma Lameko Gae'e

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The flag of Samoa flies half mast, April 6, 2018, at the National University of Samoa.

(SAMOA) — Flags at half mast, a gun salute preceding his burial and the highest of honours will be accorded the late Member of the Council of Deputies Tuiloma Lameko Gae'e during his state funeral Friday, April 13, 2018.

In mourning the loss of the long serving former Parliamentarian, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, declared today a public holiday.

Released by the Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet Thursday, here is the State Funeral Services program for the late Honourable Tuiloma Lameko Gae’e:

Friday, April 13, 2018

8.15am: Funeral procession to be escorted by Police from Pa’u Sefo Pa’u’s funeral parlor at Moto’otua to the Parliament house at Tuanaimato.

The Honourable Member of the Council of Deputies, Honourable Prime Minister and Cabinet Ministers, His Honour the Chief Justice and the Honourable Speaker of the House in their vehicles will join the funeral procession.

8.50am: Arrive at the Parliament House.
Police pallbearers carry and position Tuiloma’s casket in the Parliament House to lie in State.

Police Sentries positioned alongside the casket.

9.00am: Pay respects according to the following order.

i. His Highness the Head of State and Masiofo

ii. The Honourable Member of the Council of Deputies

iii. The Honourable Prime Minister and Honourable Ministers of Cabinet

iv. His Honour the Chief Justice

v. The Honourable Speaker of the House

vi. Members of Parliament

vii. Church leaders

viii. Members of the Diplomatic Corps

ix. Government Ministries and Corporations and the Private Sector

x. Members of the Community

xi. Families and Friends

Note: Refreshments will be served at the tent behind the Parliament house for dignitaries and guests from 9.00am to 10.30am.

10.40am: Guests seated for the State Funeral Service in the Parliament House – Tuanaimato.

10.50am: Hon Member of the Council of Deputies arrives.

Hon Prime Minister and Hon Cabinet Ministers arrive.

His Honour the Chief Justice arrives.

Hon Speaker of the House arrives.

10.55am: His Highness the Head of State arrives

11.00am: State Funeral Service commences, led by the Council of Churches in Samoa.

Followed by the flag folding ceremony to be conducted by Police.

12.00 noon: Police escort funeral procession to the burial site – Tuiloma’s residence at Alafua.

12.15pm: Burial ceremony followed by the Police gun salute.

1.00pm: Lunch at Gym 3 (Food Court) Tuanaimato.